Nate Washington is a Tennessee Titan (UPDATED)

The Tennessee Titans and free agent WR, Nate Washington have agreed to terms according to the Tennessean. A press conference is scheduled for 5 pm to make the announcement.

While Washington was the third receiver in Pittsburgh, behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, Washington was highly regarded as one of the top receivers on the market.

The signing of Washington represents an upgrade for the Titans at the position, and also fills the recently vacated spot of Brandon Jones who just signed with the 49ers.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky is reporting that the Titans have also come to terms with DT Jovan Haye, helping shore up the loss of Albert Haynesworth. Kuharsky also noted the terms of the contracts: Washington will receive six years and $27 million, with $9 million guaranteed, and Haye is getting a four-year deal worth $16.2 million.

The Titans have also been informed by punter Craig Hentrich that he will return for his 16th NFL season. He was initially leaning towards retirement, citing lingering back issues, but has apparently changed course and will play at least one more year. Another bit of good news in a day full of it for Titans fans.

At first glance I like what I see. Washington gives Kerry Collins a legitimate deep threat, and (Vandy alum) Haye will help an interior line with more talent than most people probably realize. The pieces are starting to fall into place for this team after a quiet (and disappointing) start to free agency. Now if they can find a way to bring Chris Carr, Chris Simms and Daniel Loper back and possibly look at a another defensive lineman, this team will be ready to go, with six picks to stockpile for the future with in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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  • PArtie

    I love it. Finally, we get a decent wide receiver not in the twilight(Kellen’s favorite movie by the way) of his career. Washington, Gage, and Scaife…it’s an improvement from last year for sure. I like Haye too. I think our D line is going to surprise some people next year, sans Haynesworth. I agree that we need to lock up Carr and Loper. I can take or leave Simms though. We’ll see how much faith they have in Vince(which I guess is not much), if they resign him. I’m not sure either one of those guys want to be 3rd string, again.

  • weston

    While I like the Washington pick, it is still shy of what we need. Yes he is a deep threat but watching some of those games and having him on my fantasy football i got a good chance to see him. So now we have (maybe!) two # 2′s and two good TE’s. I know it has blown up in our face (trying to get pro-bowler WR’s) but i truly think we could do amazing things with a true #1. This would only add another dimension to our hard hitting, hard running style and not change our identity. lulling teams to sleep with running, then like Emril “BAM”, put up 6! Not to mention buy precious time for our D during those 3 and out games!
    On the Vince “hattin” look he lost his s*@! and had a year to do what he should have done in the begining,  sit, watch, and maybe earn his job. While ego did slow this process down there were great examples set by “Whisky”(Collins) like throwing a pick almost the first throw, then going on the bench looking at coverages, “only” to return to the field and throw for a great TD. Let us not forget what the man did for us (getting us to the playoffs with little help from offence). In saying all of this, he does need to earn his job back, get more accurate with his throwing, and learn to keep a cool head when adversity smacks you in the grille! Anyways GO TITANS! and lets see what comes (please #1 WR!!!!!!!)

  • PArtie

    I think you’re way wrong Westone. We don’t need to sign a big free agent wide receiver. First of all, who do you have in mind?  What we need to do is draft someone who has the talent to play right away. That’s really what we’ve been lacking. If there’s a receiver who’s worth getting in the first round when our pick comes up, I hope we get him. But I have a feeling we’ll draft a CB or another defensive player. When have we ever been a team that relies on a dominant #1 receiver. I agree it would be nice, but there’s no way Jeff Fisher wants to gamble big money on a free agent. I think Washington will make everyone better, including Gage and whoever becomes our #3. Who was hating on Vince? I just said that he or Simms(if they resign him) will have to be backup, and the other will be third string. I can’t see either one of those guys wanting to be #3 for another year. I’m happy with having Vince back up Kerry(did you realy call him “Whiskey”? I could think of a W word that you could use for a nickname.). By the way, Bo Scaife is our only “good” tight end. Alge can take a hike with his fat fumbling ass.

  • weston

    Listen here Egon!(term of endearment) Yes, now that we have sat around and missed most good free agent WR’s i somewhat agree about no one being out there. I have thought for a long time that we need to get a top WR in the draft that can play right away. Also, i know we have never been a team that relies on a dominant WR and dont want that to change! All im saying is just think of what we could do with the added dimension of a great WR, not that we need to change our game plan or relie on him. YES i called him “whiskey” its a term of endearment plus the fact that his red nose and bloodshot eyes scream booze! Alge did piss me off but he is still quality.

  • gnbishop

    i think you two roomies need to cool your heels a bit. you guys can sit down and share some “w & w” and play a little nhl2k 09′ on your 800 ft. television. listen to you too. geez…

    i will say this though: how many times do you see a “top WR in the draft that can play right away”, as you said weston, come out and make an impact immediately? hardly ever and the titans know that. if anything, they need to get an established one in free agency, but do you really want to pay the likes of housh and harrison 8-10 mil a year when neither of them are worth it? t.j. isn’t a no. 1 and marvelous has no knees anymore.